Top Ten Tips, #5 – Schedule It

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Remember how after our last post you decided how much time you decided you wanted to spend organizing each week?  Was the amount of time you wanted to spend versus the time you actually have significantly different?  If you didn’t check this out, now is the time.  Most people want to be done already, but don’t worry, you may not have to tackle this project alone.  We’ll talk more about that a little bit later though.

It is absolutely essential that you put your decluttering time in your calendar!  If you don’t schedule time for it, you’ll never make time for it.

This includes scheduling time to get rid of the items you no longer want – and I’d like to mention this is a really important step – getting rid of stuff!

Some people think that if you sort through everything, maybe relabel some of the boxes, and shift some of the no-longer-wanted stuff to the garage they are done.  Simply moving items you no longer want to a different location in the house (or the garage, or the attic, or the basement, etc) will not bring you closer to being organized. Taking your donate boxes out to the car and then driving them around for a few weeks isn’t really decluttering.

I’ll say it again:

Getting rid of the stuff you no longer want as soon as you can is one of the most important steps.

Tip #5 Action Challenge:

Sit down and schedule your decluttering time!  That’s it, simple, bam, you’re done!  Easy homework for today, don’t you think?

Holistic Professional Organizer and Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC

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